Unprecedented efforts are being made to strip Planned Parenthood and the entire abortion industry of taxpayer funding. Conservatives in Congress and state legislatures are now zeroing in on the abortion giant who, in addition to performing 323,999 abortions in the U.S. in 2014 alone, has recently been referred for investigation in several states for the criminal trafficking of fetal body parts.

For the 2015 budget year, Planned Parenthood received $553.7 million for “government health services grants and reimbursements.” That’s just the federal government, and it doesn’t include money flowing to other abortion providers. In Virginia, Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst) has carried a bill for the past two years to prevent non-Medicaid state tax dollars from going to abortion centers like Planned Parenthood. The money would instead go to the 139 federally-qualified healthcare clinics in the state who don’t perform abortions and who, unlike abortion centers, provide comprehensive healthcare for women.  

Opponents of the bill say it’s not necessary to strip abortion centers of state funding since Virginia consistently includes in its budget a prohibition against state funding for abortions, with certain exceptions. Planned Parenthood, they claim, uses the money for “other services”, but not abortions. But that is an absurd argument since money, as we know, is fungible[1].

But their claim does invite the question of what “other” services is Planned Parenthood providing anyway? Well, for starters, we know they don’t perform mammograms. We know they don’t provide prenatal care. And as for ultrasounds, we know that they are predominantly used only for the purpose of performing abortions. We know that the State Board of Health recently passed regulations that, among other things, removed the requirement for abortion centers to provide STD testing and screening. Meanwhile, their oft-repeated claim that abortion comprises “only 3% of [their] services” has been thoroughly debunked.  

But there is one service we now know Planned Parenthood is providing in Virginia. They have recently begun promoting it on their website.   

Drum roll, please: Hormone therapy for “transgendered” individuals.

As of September 19 of last year, the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood – which includes centers in Richmond, VA Beach, and Hampton – began offering services to help a man “transition” into the likeness of a woman, and vice versa. According to the League’s website, they offer “Hormone therapy” which “may include: Feminizing medications, Anti-androgen medications, and Masculinizing medications.”

So let me get this straight: Even if I could agree that taxpayer dollars are not directly paying for abortions when they are sent to Planned Parenthood, I can be confident that some money will go towards perpetuating a person’s mental health condition regarding his or her perceived sex, while furthering a dangerously false notion that a person’s sex is defined only by how they feel at the time?

Well, just in case we needed another reason to totally defund Planned Parenthood, there it is folks. That should do it.  

 

[1] being something (such as money or a commodity) of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in paying a debt or settling an account”; https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungible